A Blog from Dr. Frasier
Taxibrousse trips often warrant blog posts. Who can forget being driven by a man who plainly believes himself to be a demi-god? How else can one explain his certainty that the opposing lane of traffic will always be clear on blind curves and therefore at his disposal?
Toliar is a two day drive (for the sane) from Antananarivo. We were passing through this city on our way to Lavavolo, an MBP research site in the spiny forest. To get to our parched destination, I was treated to a new Malagasy travel experience for me – a ride on a ferry donated to Madagascar by the European Union. I know it came from the European Union as one of the ferry staff pointed out the plaque. It was also obvious because it lacked the charm and rust of the hand-forged ferries that shuttle people and cars across many of Madagascar’s rivers. What it lacked in charm it made up for in functionality as it navigated the coastal waters south to St. Augustin then Soalara, where we disembarked. Take a look.
Photos courtesy of Dr. Frasier